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The public hasn’t had a chance to check out Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood, which premieres at Cannes, but if the receipts are high, we may see more than one episode featuring Russell Crowe as the famous British character.

Speaking to the Times Online, Scott defines this film as an origin story, saying, “It is the beginnings of how the man becomes known as Robin the Hood…You don’t really get that until the last few minutes. When you realize that ‘Ah, this is who he is’. Let’s say we might presume there’s a sequel.”

From his perspective, the idea of a sequel seems natural. “If there were to be a sequel to Robin Hood, you would have a constant enemy throughout, King John, and you would follow his reign of 17 years, and the signing of Magna Carta could be Robin’s final act.”

Read the source for some great quotes about that semi-famous early draft of the script, in which Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham were the same character. Some pretty blistering comments in there about that take (“CSI: Sherwood Forest,” Crowe calls is) which makes the long development and rewrite process make more sense.

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Update: Robin Hood has now been confirmed as the opening night film in an official statement.

The Cannes Film Festival is set to kick-off on May 12th, just two days ahead of Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood being unleashed in several countries, including the US and UK. It would be perfect timing, then, to have the picture premiere as the fest’s opening night gala, guaranteeing global media coverage just when the PR campaign for the movie should be peaking.

And, yep, it seems that Universal’s behind-the-scenes negotiators have pulled that trick off, because multiple reports are indicating they’ve scored the slot. No official confirmation has come yet, but it seems like a good match for the slot and I’m pretty sure we’ll see this checked and locked soon.

There’s a good handful of other films rumored for slots at the fest, either in competition or out.

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A bunch of new posters and character banners have been released today for films including Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, DreamWorks’ Shrek Forever After, the comic book adaptation The Losers, and a teaser poster for the third season of HBO’s True Blood. Check them out, after the jump.

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Final Epic Robin Hood Movie Trailer

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Universal Pictures has released a new two and a half minute movie trailer for Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood on Yahoo. If you’ve been unsure about this movie (if you’ve been using the quip that it looks like Gladiator 2…), I definitely recommend you check out this final epic trailer. And besides, with Scott at the helm, how could you not be interested? Watch the last epic trailer now, embedded after the jump.

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Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood Superbowl Ad/Trailer

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Universal Pictures has released the upcoming Superbowl television spot/trailer for Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood on Yahoo.  Watch it now, embedded after the jump.

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We’ve heard rumors before that George Lucas is working up a 3D version of the original Star Wars films, and those rumors are back again. This time, though, they’ve brought some friends – new rumors of Terminator 2 getting dimensionalised, and a claim that Ridley Scott is “breathing down the neck of executives at Universal to get them to approve making a 3D version of his new $200 million epic, Robin Hood“.

Studio Canal owns the rights to Terminator 2 and it’s reportedly their plan to have a re-release in 3D. Is that good idea? Well, maybe. It all depends on two factors, I believe: how hungry the exhibitors are for 3D material, and how quickly home 3D systems are adopted. If there’s a 3D T2 but nowhere to screen it, because everybody is still ‘flat’ at home and the 3D screens are filled with new pictures, then it won’t matter how reasonably priced the process is.

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Robin Hood Posters

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Below the break you’ll be able to see high-resolution versions of both the one sheet and quad designs for the Robin Hood poster. Combining the posters and stills with the two trailers so far released, the lesser rock-addled US cut and the more plot-driven UK one, we’re starting to get a good idea of how this picture will look and move. The common comparison is Gladiator, for obvious reasons.

My favourite Robin Hood movies so far were Michael Curtiz and William Keighley’s Technicolour extravaganza The Adventures of Robin Hood, a film that could barely have more stylistic distinctions from Ridley Scott‘s approach, and Richard Lester’s Robin and Marian, which tells a completely different story. I’m hoping for a hat trick of superb Hood pictures here, each able to complement the others.

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